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Islamic Relief USA donors support emergency and development projects in more than 30 countries around the world.


United States

IRUSA donors are dedicated to serving their neighbors in need. After all, poverty isn’t a foreign phenomenon—it exists right here in every corner of the country. (read more)


On Monday, Oct. 26, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan. Its effects were felt throughout Central and South Asia. (read more)


Islamic Relief started working in Albania in 1991, after war and unrest had effectively isolated Albania and hampered already impoverished living conditions for millions of Albanians. (read more)


Bangladesh has made impressive strides in improving human-development indicators and reducing extreme poverty in the past decade, but a great deal of work remains to be done. (read more)


The United Nations placed Benin 165th of 187 countries in 2014 in terms of having a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living. (read more)


Islamic Relief began working in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992 to provide vital emergency assistance to the people during the Bosnian War. (read more)

Central African Republic

Nearly one in five people were been forced to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) after civil unrest broke out in December 2013. (read more)


Chad is considered one of the world’s poorest countries. The United Nations ranked the country 184 of 187 in 2014 on its human development index that looks at lifespan, education and economic status. (read more)


Two wars tore through Chechnya during the 1990s and into the following decade, destroying the region’s economy, job market and civil infrastructure—forcing more than 370,000 Chechens to flee their homes. (read more)


Islamic Relief launched operations in Ethiopia in response to severe droughts in 2000, 2001 and 2002. After years of emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia, Islamic Relief Ethiopia opened in January 2004. (read more)


Ghana has achieved an impressive overall reduction in its poverty rate. About 28% of Ghanaians live below the poverty line now, down from 52% just 10 years ago. (read more)


Despite its mineral wealth, Guinea, in West Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world. It ranks 178th of 187 countries classified by the United Nations Development Program Human Development Index and more than half of its 9.45 million people live below the poverty line. (read more)


India’s economy has improved greatly in recent years, along with many human development indicators such as literacy rates, life expectancy and health conditions. (read more)


Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population in the world, has made significant strides in reducing poverty, according to the World Food Program. (read more)


Decades of political instability have affected Iraq’s economy, infrastructure, employment and social programs. Important strides have been made in improving socio-economic issues and reducing food insecurity in recent years. (read more)


Jordan’s population has doubled 12 times during the past 60 years, according to the United Nations. Large influxes of refugees from neighboring areas, including Palestine and Iraq, and most recently, hundreds of thousands from Syria, present significant challenges for Jordan, which possesses limited natural resources. (read more)


Extended periods of drought have plagued Kenya for years. Climate strongly affects the country’s food supply and economy, which can fluctuate frequently depending on the rain and security situations in the region. (read more)


Years of inter-ethnic violence have severely impeded the welfare of Kosovo’s people. Nearly 1 million people fled Kosovo when war broke out in 1996. (read more)


Lebanon, once prosperous, was hobbled by a 15-year civil war that cut its national output in half. After the war ended in 1990, Lebanon rebuilt much of its infrastructure, but political instability continued to take a heavy toll through 2008. (read more)


Malawi, according to the United Nations, is one of the world’s least developed countries and also one of the most populous. Poverty is widespread—half of the country lives below the national poverty line, and nearly two-thirds of the population survives on less than $1.25 a day. (read more)


Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with development indicators also among the lowest of any country, according to the United Nations. School enrollment rates are low, and only one-third of adults are literate. (read more)


Nearly three years after a state of emergency was declared in Rakhine, Myanmar (also known as Burma), thousands of people remain displaced, unable to return to their homes. (read more)


Niger is a low-income, food-deficit country, ranking last of 187 countries on the United Nations’ 2014 Human Development Index. Three-quarters of the population lives in severe poverty, and communities depend heavily for survival on rain-fed crops and livestock. (read more)


Numerous natural and man-made disasters have hampered Pakistan’s efforts to improve residents’ economic situations and quality of life. (read more)


It’s been more than a year since the most recent mass conflict, in July 2014 in Gaza, which resulted in destruction and devastation beyond measure —communities are still working hard to rebuild whatever they can, and Islamic Relief staff continue to provide emergency humanitarian aid to help with recovery. (read more)


The Philippines is an archipelago of some 7,107 islands—placing it in prime territory for natural disasters, such as hurricanes and typhoons. Most of the islands experience annual torrential rains and thunderstorms, and some 19 typhoons within the region in a typical year—about half of those make landfall. (read more)


NLiving in a state of ongoing civil unrest, communities in Somalia have had little chance to build institutions and improve living conditions. (read more)

South Africa

Long after the end of apartheid, South Africa remains a country with deep inequalities. According to the latest figures, nearly one-quarter of the country lives below the national poverty line, and the poverty is heavily centered in black communities. (read more)

South Sudan

South Sudan became the world’s newest country in July 2011. The country has struggled with instability since its formation, with political conflict breaking out more seriously in December 2013. (read more)


Ongoing conflict and climate challenges have contributed to Sudan’s continued struggles in income, food security and other quality-of-life indicators. Sudan ranked 171 of 187 countries in the United Nations’ 2013 Human Development Index. (read more)


Syria is in its fifth year of conflict. Since March 15, 2011, millions of Syrians have been living in daily turmoil: entire towns are decimated; violence abounds throughout neighborhoods; schools are closed; hospitals are overflowing with people but are undersupplied; food and clean water are scarce. (read more)


Tunisia is considered a high human development country, ranking 94 of 187 countries by the United Nations by 2013. Between 1980 and 2012, Tunisia’s life expectancy at birth increased by 12.6 years, average years of schooling increased by 4.5 years and expected years of schooling increased by 6.4 years. (read more)


An already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen has now gotten progressively worse after conflict escalated in mid-March 2015. More than 1.5 million people have been affected. The majority of them, about 1.4 million people, have become internally displaced—leaving in search of safety away from the more intense conflict zones. (read more)



While China has made strides in reducing poverty in recent decades, it is still home to the second-largest population of impoverished people in the world. According to the World Bank, 157 million Chinese live on less than $1.25 a day. (read more)


Islamic Relief USA declared an emergency to assist survivors of the mudslide and flooding that struck Mocoa, Colombia on March 31, 2017. IRUSA disaster responders worked with local rescue teams to help survivors. (read more)


On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador, crippling much of the country. Islamic Relief USA donors, in coordination with Catholic Relief Services, provided support to survivors. (read more)


IRUSA worked with the U.N. Office for Project Services to build 198 high-quality temporary shelters to house 800 people. Thirty-four latrines also were constructed. Shelters are designed to withstand up to Category 4 hurricanes. (read more)


Islamic Relief USA has launched an emergency appeal to donors to aid survivors of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disasters. Strong aftershocks continue to rock Japan. (read more)


Islamic Relief USA assisted in efforts to help provide vital services to Libyans who fled the country during the violence and to those who remained inside. (read more)


In late December 2014, unprecedented rainfall caused flooding not seen in decades in Malaysia. The areas of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang were hit particularly hard. (read more)


In late November 2014, heavy storms caused devastating floods that swept through Morocco. Areas including Guelmin, Agadir and Ourrzazate, as well as tourist hub Marrakesh were hit hard. (read more)


A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal on April 25, 2015, some 50 miles away from the capital of Kathmandu. Sections of the area were completely flattened. (read more)


On Oct. 23, 2011, Turkey was struck by a powerful earthquake that measured 7.2 on the Richter scale. The tremor centered in one of the nation’s poorest regions in eastern Turkey, and it hit just as the weather is turning harsh and snow has been falling. (read more)